I'm in West Oz for four book signing events in mid-April. It will be the first time down south for a couple of years and I'm looking forward to seeing friends, watching a bit of the Margies WSL event and surfing a few waves.
Easter for many surfers in Australia means Bells Beach for the annual Rip Curl Pro. In 1976 Ian Cairns finished in second place at Bells behind Jeff Hakman. Ian crashed his new sports car into a forest of gum trees at Jan Juc that night after drinking too much vino. A cautionary tale.
Vladimir Putin just won another term as President of Russia. I’ve just finished “Red Notice” by Bill Browder which talks about the perils of doing business in Russia and “The Man Without A Face” which illuminates Putin’s rise to power. I love history, geography and social constructs. Thank God we live in Australia or the USA.